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Friday, April 13
 

TBA

Mushroom Identification at the ID Tent
Bring your foraged mushrooms to the ID tent to have them classified. 


Friday April 13, 2018 TBA
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Wednesday, August 15
 

9:00am

Full Day Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

Come and learn about many techniques and tips from an elite team of mushroom cultivation specialists just before the Telluride Mushroom Festival Starts! Begin your journey here and become skilled at multiple cultivation strategies that include several hands-on demos with materials and growing kits that you can take with you. Perfect for beginner to intermediate growers, the class covers the basics of mushroom ecology and life cycles of many edible and medicinal mushrooms.

The workshop will cover production methods on logs and stumps, wood chips and composts, straw bale and agricultural byproducts, as well as low-tech cultivation and recycling wastes into edible mushrooms. Included in the class is ways of converting existing structures, the business and marketing of mushrooms, storage and shipping mushrooms, and value-added products that you can create to make your home business or farm unique. New techniques for morel cultivation will also be covered and discussed!

One of the best classes nationwide for its value, plus a rotating staff of professional mycologists with the depth of knowledge to expand your foundation and understanding of mushroom cultivation, this one will sell out and space is limited to 30 participants.


Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

Mycologist, Mushroom Mountain
Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast and cultivating fungi both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and... Read More →
avatar for Leif Olson

Leif Olson

Leif is an environmental scientist and mushroom cultivator based out of Brevard, NC.  He explores the interrelations between ecological health, human health, food production, environmental contamination and the restoration of degraded landscapes.  Leif’s work has ranged from the... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes is a mycologist and the founder of Myco Alliance in Austin Texas, a science and education company focusing on reinvigorating the filed of Mycology in Central Texas. He has taught mycological principles to hundreds of students, citizen scientists, and professionals in... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Stevenson

Danielle Stevenson

Danielle Stevenson is a consultant with 10 years of experience helping corporate, non-profit, and community clientele develop, implement, and evaluate solutions to environmental and social problems. This includes research and development, proposal and grant writing, implementation... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tim Eardman's Remediation Location Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Full Day Mycoremediation Workshop
Learn about the theory and practice of using fungi to improve the quality of degraded environments in this mycoremediation workshop. The knowledge learned here can be applied to restoring degraded soil, breaking down chemical contaminants, filtering water pollutants, and more.

The workshop will cover the ecological mechansisms of fungi that make them such great remediators, including mycelial sorption of ions, chemical break down by fungal enzymes and mycorrhizal symbiosis. Various kinds of environmental problems and contaminants will be discussed and the role fungi can play in alleviating them.

In addition to learning the theory behind mycoremediation, there will be several demos and hands of sections showing how to train fungi to degrade contaminants, harvest enzymes for use in biodegradation, build mycelium based water filtration systems, and more.

The workshop will conclude with several case studies to highlight lessons and challenges in trying to perform this work, followed by a talk on big picture integration of mycoremediation into human cultural systems, including ways to practically incorporate it into homesteads, farms and city infrastructure.

Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of the current state of knowledge of mycoremediation, tools to begin implementing their own mycoremediation experiments, guidance about promising future directions in the field, and much more!

Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

Mycologist, Mushroom Mountain
Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast and cultivating fungi both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and... Read More →
avatar for Leif Olson

Leif Olson

Leif is an environmental scientist and mushroom cultivator based out of Brevard, NC.  He explores the interrelations between ecological health, human health, food production, environmental contamination and the restoration of degraded landscapes.  Leif’s work has ranged from the... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes is a mycologist and the founder of Myco Alliance in Austin Texas, a science and education company focusing on reinvigorating the filed of Mycology in Central Texas. He has taught mycological principles to hundreds of students, citizen scientists, and professionals in... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Stevenson

Danielle Stevenson

Danielle Stevenson is a consultant with 10 years of experience helping corporate, non-profit, and community clientele develop, implement, and evaluate solutions to environmental and social problems. This includes research and development, proposal and grant writing, implementation... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tim Eardman's Remediation Location Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Private Early Bird Foray with Britt Bunyard
Get ready to have your best day ever! A very special personal foray with Festival Executive Director Britt Bunyard. This very special event is limited to a small number of attendees, and is not part of regular the Festival Pass. Please note: SEPERATE PURCHASE REQUIRED. 

MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET

Speakers
avatar for Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard

Executive Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books... Read More →



Wednesday August 15, 2018 10:00am - 3:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

5:00pm

Private VIP Dinner by Chef Graham Steinruck
Limited Capacity seats available

Chef Graham Steinruck will be serving up fresh, creative mushroom dishes at the management condo under the Gondola. A private and intimate setting will allow you the opportunity to mingle with Keynote Speakers and the Festival Executive Director Britt Bunyard. 

Moderators
avatar for Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard

Executive Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books... Read More →
avatar for Olivia Coe

Olivia Coe

Telluride Mushroom Festival Manager, Program Coordinator, Telluride Institute
Olivia Coe began working for TMF in December 2014. She is enjoying learning about the amazing world of mushrooms and the incredible people involved! When she's not making plans for the Festival, she teaches rock climbing at the Charlie Fowler Memorial Gym in Norwood, works as the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Graham Steinruck

Graham Steinruck

Graham Steinruck served as the 2012 editor of SporesAfield, the newsletter for the Colorado Mycological Society, as well as the vice president of the club in 2011. He volunteers for the Arkansas Valley Mushroom Club as a chief identifier. He is a presenter at the Telluride Mushroom... Read More →


Wednesday August 15, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Early Registration and "Know Your Mushrooms" Movie
While you register for the event, come and watch Know Your Mushrooms to get warmed up for the event.


Wednesday August 15, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

8:00pm

Beer Launch Party with Tradd Cotter
Want to taste the Festival MycoBeer before anyone else!? Join Tradd Cotter and other speakers as we toast to another exciting year of the Telluride Mushroom Festival.

There will be live music from William Padilla Brown and the beer will be flowing! 

Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

Mycologist, Mushroom Mountain
Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast and cultivating fungi both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and... Read More →

Artists
Sponsors

Wednesday August 15, 2018 8:00pm - Thursday August 16, 2018 1:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Thursday, August 16
 

7:30am

Registration
Registration for the festival will take place at the Sheridan Opera House. You can pick up your materials any time the Sheridan Opera House is open.

Thursday August 16, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Opening Ceremony
Speakers
avatar for Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard

Executive Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books... Read More →
avatar for Olivia Coe

Olivia Coe

Telluride Mushroom Festival Manager, Program Coordinator, Telluride Institute
Olivia Coe began working for TMF in December 2014. She is enjoying learning about the amazing world of mushrooms and the incredible people involved! When she's not making plans for the Festival, she teaches rock climbing at the Charlie Fowler Memorial Gym in Norwood, works as the... Read More →
avatar for Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes

Poet-in-Residence, Festival Coordinator, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Telluride Mushroom FestivalPoet-in-Residence, Festival CoordinatorArt Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado...a founder and driving force of the Mushroom Festival. Goodtimes was first elected to the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners in 1996 as a Democrat... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Introduction to Mushrooms of Colorado
Speakers
avatar for Graham Steinruck

Graham Steinruck

Graham Steinruck served as the 2012 editor of SporesAfield, the newsletter for the Colorado Mycological Society, as well as the vice president of the club in 2011. He volunteers for the Arkansas Valley Mushroom Club as a chief identifier. He is a presenter at the Telluride Mushroom... Read More →



Thursday August 16, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Edible Mushroom Foray
MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET

Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Katrina Blair, Bill & Will Adams, Larry Evans, John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin, Jason Salzman, Linnea & Lee Gilman, and others. Sign-ups for forays are at the Sheridan Opera House. Some foray locations are in town while others require a vehicle. Forays are rated for difficulty based on length and terrain.

Please recognize your physical capabilities and choose forays that match those---you'll have a lot more fun if you are able to fully participate.

These daily forays are included in the full festival pass or many be purchased separately for $25/each.

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

10:00am

Full Day Foray
Spend a full day in the mountains further into the forest with an expert speaker. The trip will be at least one hour of driving, and you must bring a lunch and extra water. Get ready for adventure!

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

10:15am

Outdoor Cultivation of Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps, and Wood Chips
One of the easiest ways to grow wood loving mushrooms is using the basic log and stump method that anyone can do! Come and get some practice with experienced growers to see and experience the entire process firsthand. Taught by the Festival STAFF

Speakers
avatar for Kris Holstrom

Kris Holstrom

Kris Holstrom is the owner of Tomten Farm, a high altitude, off-grid, permaculture based research, demonstration and education farm at 9000’ near Telluride, Colorado. She consults on permaculture designs, edible and medicinal landscaping, school and community gardens through her... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

11:00am

Fungal Dinosaurs from the Lost World
The Tepui region of South America contains some of the most remote and pristine forests on the planet.Mycological expeditions over the last 15+ years have yielded a cornucopia of unusual fungi including hundreds of new species and genera of macrofungi. This talk will cover the basics of conducting fieldwork in remote areas and present some of the incredible mushrooms of the region.
 

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Aime

Cathy Aime

Dr. M. Catherine Aime earned her doctorate in Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and StateUniversity in 2001 and completed her postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford in the UnitedKingdom. She worked for four years as a research molecular biologist with the USDA-ARS... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

11:00am

Cooking Mushrooms with Eugenia Bone Session 1
Join Eugenia Bone, world renown chef and writer, for a dazzling cooking class that will leave your taste buds and your minds fully stimulated.

NOTE: The two cooking classes offered will NOT be the same class repeated. So, why not do both!

Speakers
avatar for Eugenia Bone

Eugenia Bone

EUGENIA BONE is a nationally known nature and food writer. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Sunset, and The Denver Post.She is the author of six books, including Mycophilia... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

11:00am

Edible Mushroom Forays
Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Katrina Blair, Bill & Will Adams, Larry Evans, John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin, Jason Salzman, Linnea & Lee Gilman, and others. Sign-ups for forays are at the Sheridan Opera House. Some foray locations are in town while others require a vehicle. Forays are rated for difficulty based on length and terrain.

Please recognize your physical capabilities and choose forays that match those---you'll have a lot more fun if you are able to fully participate.

These daily forays are included in the full festival pass or many be purchased separately for $25/each.

MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET


Thursday August 16, 2018 11:00am - 3:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

1:00pm

Think Like a Fungus: Mushrooms and their Roles in Rocky Mountain Ecosystems
Symbiosis is just the beginning. Every wild thing in the forest or jungle depends on fungi to feed, protect, and digest it. Some mushrooms feed bears in springtime, others feed deer in August. Squirrels in the West rely on a diet of lichens and truffles. Fungi defend fir needles from inside, and dozens of species service the root needs of every tree. Rocky Mountain mushrooms are adapted to a "fire dependent" ecosystem, and a quarter of all ascomycete species here fruit only after a burn. Fungi are the masters of the soil ecosystem in the Rockies, and the loss of soil carbon and subsequent increase in wildfire are critical issues that few understand are connected. Human behavior unwittingly kills fungi, resulting in loss of water quality, moisture retention, and soil erosion.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Evans

Larry Evans

Larry Evans is this guy from Missoula Montana who comes to Telluride and knows quite a bit about mushrooms. He has spent over 40 years looking for morels, and he usually finds them. He is a vastly underappreciated songwriter who was featured in a comedy documentary by famous Canadian... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

Mushroom Identification at the ID Tent
Bring your foraged mushrooms to the ID tent to have them classified. 


Thursday August 16, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm

Fungi on Fungi: Mushrooms That Grow on Other Mushrooms

Some of the common familiar Fungi on Fungi include the Edible Lobster Mushroom (Hypomyces lactifluorum) that grows on Russula or Lactarius species and turns them orange and The Amanita Mold (Hypomyces hyalinus) that occurs on Amanitas. But there are many other interesting and unusual species.

At a foray several years back, I dug inside the garbage can and pulled out some rotting fungi. Upon closer examination I found 8 species that were growing on the decaying fungi that did not get recorded. It’s sort of fun to see what can be found with a closer look.     

BONUS!  A downloadable link to a 258 page PDF will be given at the end of the show that covers over 379 species of them.



Speakers
avatar for John Plischke

John Plischke

John Plischke III is a founding member of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, which has become one of the largest mushroom clubs in North America. John has been awarded the club’s Distinguished Service Award. Within the WPMC, John serves as Walk and Foray Chairman, is a member... Read More →



Thursday August 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

3:00pm

Mushroom Bioaccumulation: Current Perspectives and Future Research Needs

Fungi are effective facilitators of chemical transport through ecosystems because of their vast mycelial networks and the ability to move large amounts of nutrients and pollutants from their environment into their mushroom fruiting bodies.  While there is clear evidence of the hyperaccumulation of certain nutrients and heavy metals in mushrooms, bioaccumulation is highly variable between different chemicals and species of fungi.  Additionally, for many organic pollutants, which are often the focus of mycoremediation discussions, very little data exists on the mushroom sequestration and in some cases there are not even established protocols for how to test for them.

            In this presentation we will cover the mycelial uptake and transport of chemicals from their environment to their fruiting bodies then review the current understanding, or lack of understanding of which minerals, nutrients, heavy metals, and organic pollutants are stored well in mushrooms.  The implications of this topic are wide reaching, from cultivating mineral fortified mushrooms to risks of foraging mushrooms in contaminated environments to ecological consequences of food web toxicity from mushroom hyperaccumulation.

            Can you safely eat that oyster mushroom growing out of the oil spill?  Where is the fungus taking those heavy metals?  Are wild mushrooms more nutritionally potent than cultivated ones?  We will explore these questions and more!


Speakers
avatar for Leif Olson

Leif Olson

Leif is an environmental scientist and mushroom cultivator based out of Brevard, NC.  He explores the interrelations between ecological health, human health, food production, environmental contamination and the restoration of degraded landscapes.  Leif’s work has ranged from the... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

3:00pm

Book Signing: Authors Tradd Cotter and John Plischke
Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

Mycologist, Mushroom Mountain
Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast and cultivating fungi both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and... Read More →
avatar for John Plischke

John Plischke

John Plischke III is a founding member of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, which has become one of the largest mushroom clubs in North America. John has been awarded the club’s Distinguished Service Award. Within the WPMC, John serves as Walk and Foray Chairman, is a member... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

4:00pm

Entheogenic Gourds Circle: a Free-Form Discussion of Personal Entheogenic Experience
Entheogenic Gourds Circle: a free-form discussion of personal entheogenic experience moderated by Art Goodtimes and assisted by Mark Walch and Mandy Miller. Meet in front of the Opera House. No late-comers will be allowed entrance once circle begins.

Speakers
avatar for Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes

Poet-in-Residence, Festival Coordinator, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Telluride Mushroom FestivalPoet-in-Residence, Festival CoordinatorArt Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado...a founder and driving force of the Mushroom Festival. Goodtimes was first elected to the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners in 1996 as a Democrat... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

5:00pm

Wild Foods Dinner
Join forager and wild foods advocate, Katrina Blair, for a meal prepared from locally procured wild foods, as well as wholesome organic farmed items. Katrina will walk to the Telluride Mushroom Festival from Durango (a week-long hike) and collect much of the fare for the WildFoods Dinner on her way.

You won’t believe how amazing Katrina is! She gave a TEDxTalk called "13 Global Plants for Survival," and is the founder of the Local Wild Food Café at Turtle Lake Refuge. The dinner is sure to consist of delicious and elegantly prepared roots, mushrooms, berries, leaves, seeds and needles from evergreen trees, dandelions, amaranth, lamb’s-quarter, high-alpine bistort and plantain that you’ll have to try to believe. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet Katrina and enjoy living food from wild lands. Tickets are limited, so purchase early for this unique event.

Please note this is event has an extra fee.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer to focus on eating wild foods.  She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College.  In 1997 she completed a... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Town Park Core Area 500 East Colorado Ave., Telluride, CO. 81435

7:00pm

Mushrooms in the Tree of Life
Ever since Darwin showed that all organisms are linked by descent in a Great Tree of Life, taxonomists have sought to reconstruct the tree and translate it into taxonomy. In this discussion, Dr. Hibbett will present a brief history of “tree-thinking” in mycology and the challenges it poses for taxonomy.


Speakers
avatar for David Hibbett

David Hibbett

David Hibbett is a biology professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his PhD from Duke University and did postdoctoral research at the Tottori Mycological Institute in Japan, and at Harvard University. David has broad interests in evolutionary biology... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

8:00pm

Mushroom Movie Magic with Louie Schwartzberg
Join us to see some clips of the upcoming feature film "Fantastic Fungi," by highly acclaimed studios of Louis Schwartzberg. Mr. Schwartzberg will be present to discuss fungi, the film, and what goes into making those incredible time-lapse shots of mushrooms growing...so...incredibly...high. Mr. Schwartzberg assures us that minds WILL be blown! Q&A to follow.

Speakers
avatar for Louie Schwartzberg

Louie Schwartzberg

Filmmaker, MovingArt
Louie Schwartzberg is a cinematographer, director and producer whose career spans more than four decades of providing breathtaking imagery using his time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques. Schwartzberg tells stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries... Read More →
avatar for Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets

 ……………Now is the time for the Paradigm Shift…………  “W​e are now fully engaged in the 6th Major Extinction (“6 X”) on planet Earth. Our biosphere is quickly changing, eroding the life support systems that have allowed humans to ascend. Unless we put into... Read More →


Thursday August 16, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:30pm

Open Myc Night
Musicians performing at the festival will get together and play group favorites! Mushroom Beer all around!

Thursday August 16, 2018 9:30pm - Friday August 17, 2018 11:30pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Friday, August 17
 

9:00am

Mountains, Mushrooms, and Molecules: Assembling a Colorado Mycoflora
The North American Mycoflora Project is an effort to document the diversity of macrofungi (mushrooms, puffballs, corals, and other fleshy fungi) on the continent. The Southern Rockies of Colorado has some of largest expanse of uninterrupted montane forests in the United States, which are home to a vast community mushroom forming fungi. The Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens is a regional contributor to the North American Mycoflora Project but this is a massive undertaking in the Southern Rockies, requiring more than just professional contributions. Any attempt to document mushroom diversity in the region will require the involvement of students, amateur mycologists, and motivated citizen scientists. Dr. Andrew Wilson of the SMHF will be discussing this effort in terms of its challenges, rewards, and how you can contribute to the Colorado Mycoflora Project.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is the Assistant Curator of Mycology in the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens. For Dr. Andrew the discovery of mycology began back in the late 90’s at San Francisco State University. There he took classes from Dr. Dennis Desjardin, a world renown... Read More →


Friday August 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Edible Mushroom Foray
MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET

Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Katrina Blair, Bill & Will Adams, Larry Evans, John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin, Jason Salzman, Linnea & Lee Gilman, and others. Sign-ups for forays are at the Sheridan Opera House. Some foray locations are in town while others require a vehicle. Forays are rated for difficulty based on length and terrain.

Please recognize your physical capabilities and choose forays that match those---you'll have a lot more fun if you are able to fully participate.

These daily forays are included in the full festival pass or many be purchased separately for $25/each.

Friday August 17, 2018 9:00am - 1:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

9:00am

Full Day Foray
MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET

Spend a full day in the mountains further into the forest with an expert speaker. The trip will be at least one hour of driving, and you must bring a lunch and extra water. Get ready for adventure!

Friday August 17, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

10:00am

Rusts Never Sleep
In terms of species numbers and ubiquity, rust fungi are an incredibly successful lineage. Together, the more than 7000 described species form the largest known group of plant pathogens, while also having incredibly complex life cycles. This talk will explore the biology of these fascinating organisms and discuss the contributions that molecular systematics have made to our understanding of their evolution.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Aime

Cathy Aime

Dr. M. Catherine Aime earned her doctorate in Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and StateUniversity in 2001 and completed her postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford in the UnitedKingdom. She worked for four years as a research molecular biologist with the USDA-ARS... Read More →


Friday August 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Media Preparation for Cultivating Mushrooms on Straw and Other Agricultural Byproducts
Many mushrooms can be cultivated on straw and agricultural by-products (pleurotus, stropharia, psilocybe, calocybe, volvariella and many more). Come learn from this hands-on demo how to prepare the media for spawning and different techniques and containers that are species dependent. Taught by Festival STAFF

Speakers
avatar for Kris Holstrom

Kris Holstrom

Kris Holstrom is the owner of Tomten Farm, a high altitude, off-grid, permaculture based research, demonstration and education farm at 9000’ near Telluride, Colorado. She consults on permaculture designs, edible and medicinal landscaping, school and community gardens through her... Read More →


Friday August 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

11:00am

Confessions of an Underground Researcher: How to Access Mycological Literature for FREE
In today’s Mycology in the Molecular Age it is more important than ever to be able to be able to access mycological literature. With names changing so fast, access to current literature becomes important to know if a new species name is really something new or if the name change was the result of some type of DNA study. Places to obtain both classical and modern books, journals, and thesis will be discussed. Examples of why they are needed and how they can be used will be addressed.  

BONUS!  Several PDF download links on where to get things will be shown.

Speakers
avatar for John Plischke

John Plischke

John Plischke III is a founding member of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, which has become one of the largest mushroom clubs in North America. John has been awarded the club’s Distinguished Service Award. Within the WPMC, John serves as Walk and Foray Chairman, is a member... Read More →


Friday August 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

11:00am

Edible Mushroom Forays
Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Katrina Blair, Bill & Will Adams, Larry Evans, John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin, Jason Salzman, Linnea & Lee Gilman, and others. Sign-ups for forays are at the Sheridan Opera House. Some foray locations are in town while others require a vehicle. Forays are rated for difficulty based on length and terrain.

Please recognize your physical capabilities and choose forays that match those---you'll have a lot more fun if you are able to fully participate.

These daily forays are included in the full festival pass or many be purchased separately for $25/each.

 MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET


Friday August 17, 2018 11:00am - 3:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

12:00pm

From Lowly Saprobe to Mycorrhizal Masters: Amanitas (A Tale Told in the DNA)
An overview of all aspects (biology, taxonomy, chemistry, physiology) of the beautiful Amanita mushrooms of North America. Everyone is familiar with the mushrooms but how much do we really know about what they are doing in the forest? How much do we know about their history and evolution? It turns out that a recent discovery--using modern molecular biology--led to an amazing discovery about their evolutionary past. Amanitas are mycorrhizal symbionts with forest trees but come from saprobic ancestors. The story is told in their DNA. Newbies and non mycologists will not be overwhelmed; advanced mycologists will not be bored, this discussion is for everyone with lots of beautiful images.

Speakers
avatar for Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard

Executive Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books... Read More →



Friday August 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

12:00pm

Gondola Plaza Mushroom Extravaganza! (Aka Chef's Mushroom Cook-off)
Join us for this laid back, social cooking party, and taste the amazing creations by Anthony  Michael Blowers, Tom Fuller and other awesome cooks. Everyone is welcome to bring their own foraged edibles and join right in with these creative culinary masterminds. Even for those not wild about wild mushrooms, this event will be a blast. Our judges Larry Evans, Eugenia Bone and the one and only Art Goodtimes will chose the winner at the end of it all. We will have entertainment and mushroom beer there as well. 

Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

Mycologist, Mushroom Mountain
Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast and cultivating fungi both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and... Read More →


Friday August 17, 2018 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Oak Street Gondola Plaza West San Juan Ave, Telluride, CO. 81435

1:00pm

The Changing Shape of Mushrooms

Field guides group mushrooms by forms—agarics are in one section, polypores in another, and so on—but molecular phylogenies show that there have been rampant shifts in morphology through evolution. In this talk, Dr. Hibbett will present selected examples of lineages where there have been dramatic shifts in morphology. He will also ask if there are any general evolutionary trends discernible, or if all this change is random?


Speakers
avatar for David Hibbett

David Hibbett

David Hibbett is a biology professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his PhD from Duke University and did postdoctoral research at the Tottori Mycological Institute in Japan, and at Harvard University. David has broad interests in evolutionary biology... Read More →


Friday August 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

Mushroom Identification at the ID Tent
Bring your foraged mushrooms to the ID tent to have them classified. 


Friday August 17, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm

Empowering Citizen Scientists to Collect Research-Grade Data and Specimens on Fungi Forays
Fungal museum specimens provide verifiable evidence that a species existed in a specific place and time.Thus, they are becoming all the more important as scientists push to study ecological and evolutionarychange of this understudied kingdom.

Fungi forays offer magnificent opportunities for citizen scientists and mushroom enthusiasts to set out and collect fungi specimens that can be added to museum collections and be used for research. However, the amount and quality of data associated with a specimen is often the limiting factor that determines what research questions can be pursued. All the more, we cannot predict future research questions and therefore must improve our efforts to arm scientists of the 22nd century with data rich specimens.

Here I provide a training on how to use the iNaturalist smart phone application as a way to empower foray participants with minimal training to collect data rich specimens.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Levy

Rick Levy

Rick studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he wenton to get a master’s degree in Museum and Field Studies with a focus on grasshopper ecology. Rickjoined the Denver Botanic Gardens Department of Research and Conservation in 2014 as... Read More →



Friday August 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm

Paper Making--From Mushrooms!
You know how when you go to the greeting card store or art shop they have those beautiful papers that you REALLY want to purchase and use for special letters? But they're so expensive. It's because they're made by hand with naturally-gathered materials. And YOU can make them too!

This KID FRIENDLY, free event will teach you a great and sustainable way to make beautiful artisinal papers, from dried mushrooms and other woodland organic materials.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Plischke

Kimberly Plischke

Kimberly Plischke is a mycologist in the Western PA Mushroom Club (WPMC).She has received the WPMC Outstanding Service Award. She is the Secretary for the Northeast Mycological Federation (NEMF).Kim serves as one of the Lead Cooks at the Annual Lincoff Foray and has given many presentations... Read More →


Friday August 17, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

3:00pm

The Research Station: Introducing Applied Mycology to a New Generation of Citizen Scientists
Join Daniel for a presentation on the Research Station, an off-the-grid research center located on an EPA-designated brownfield site turned ecological park in Austin Texas. Come learn about the cooperative efforts between Myco Alliance and a network of dedicated volunteers to promote citizen science research and enhance our understanding of the ecological and commercial value of fungi in Central Texas. The Research Station is operated and maintained within the Circle Acres Nature Preserve and is fundamental to Myco Alliance’s work by providing the space to host educational activities and facilitate mycelium production, mushroom cultivation, and cutting-edge mycological research.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes is a mycologist and the founder of Myco Alliance in Austin Texas, a science and education company focusing on reinvigorating the filed of Mycology in Central Texas. He has taught mycological principles to hundreds of students, citizen scientists, and professionals in... Read More →


Friday August 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

3:00pm

Book Signing: Author Paul Stamets
First to two book signing events, and a chance to meet Paul Stamets!

Speakers
avatar for Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets

 ……………Now is the time for the Paradigm Shift…………  “W​e are now fully engaged in the 6th Major Extinction (“6 X”) on planet Earth. Our biosphere is quickly changing, eroding the life support systems that have allowed humans to ascend. Unless we put into... Read More →


Friday August 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

4:00pm

Cooking Mushrooms with Eugenia Bone Session 2
Join Eugenia Bone, world renown chef and writer, for a dazzling cooking class that will leave your taste buds and your minds fully stimulated.


NOTE: The two cooking classes offered will NOT be the same class repeated. So, why not do both!

Speakers
avatar for Eugenia Bone

Eugenia Bone

EUGENIA BONE is a nationally known nature and food writer. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Sunset, and The Denver Post.She is the author of six books, including Mycophilia... Read More →


Friday August 17, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Elks Lodge Telluride Elks Lodge #692, 472 W. Pacific Ave., Telluride, CO 81435

5:00pm

Drumming Workshop with the Silly Tribe (Parade Drummers)

Did you ever wonder why the African drum known as the djembe so closely resembles a mushroom?  The Silly Tribe is a collective of musician/ drummers from throughout Colorado and the Southwest.  Members of the tribe have studied percussion and music in places as far flung as Guinea, West Africa, Central America and India.  Many of our teachers travel from Africa to the US periodically during which we are able to extend our learning.  A few of us have been attending the Mushroom Festival for upwards of 12 years.  After plugging into the Saturday MushFest parade for a few years, we decided to invite other members of our percussion ensemble so we could raise up the energy and assemble more of the necessary parts integral to the ceremonial songs that we play.  We realized that the transformative and shamanic potential of drums was an intrinsic counterpart to the celebration of the fungal kingdom and all associated species that is the Telluride Mushroom Festival parade.  It is through these ancient traditions that we wish to link to higher sources of energy and to an honoring of the old ways.  We decided this year that we wanted to offer a drumming workshop on the day before the parade so that those with interest could learn more about the traditions that we are bringing and be able to participate more fully in the process.  During our workshop we will offer some background to the west african drumming ceremonial tradition and we will teach some of the songs that we will bring to the Saturday parade.  Please bring your drums, instruments and percussion toys to the workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Olivia Coe

Olivia Coe

Telluride Mushroom Festival Manager, Program Coordinator, Telluride Institute
Olivia Coe began working for TMF in December 2014. She is enjoying learning about the amazing world of mushrooms and the incredible people involved! When she's not making plans for the Festival, she teaches rock climbing at the Charlie Fowler Memorial Gym in Norwood, works as the... Read More →

Artists

Friday August 17, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

6:00pm

Mushrooms, Mycelium & The Mycology of Consciousness: An Immersion Lecture
Paul goes deep into the nature of life and the role of mycelial networks as they have helped steer ecosystems over millennia. This talk will cover the implications of mushroom mycelial networks as they impact the immune systems of animals and plants. Brace for impact! This is an immersion lecture that delves deep and the revelations may forever enrich your life with a deeper understanding of the mycelial underground. 

Speakers
avatar for Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets

 ……………Now is the time for the Paradigm Shift…………  “W​e are now fully engaged in the 6th Major Extinction (“6 X”) on planet Earth. Our biosphere is quickly changing, eroding the life support systems that have allowed humans to ascend. Unless we put into... Read More →


Friday August 17, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Telluride Conference Center Mountain Village, CO. 81435

8:00pm

Gary Lincoff and Manny Salzman Memorial
Speakers
avatar for Giuliana Furci

Giuliana Furci

Fundacion Fungi de Chile
Giuliana Furci has been devoted to mycology since 1999. Her inescapable vocation to study Chile's fungi has taken her to travel the country looking for fungi in different environments and ecosystems. In 2007 she published Fungi Austral - Field Guide to the Outstanding Fungi of Chile... Read More →
avatar for Gary Lincoff

Gary Lincoff

(1942-2018)
Gary Lincoff (1942-2018)  The mycological community was heartbroken on March 16, 2018 to learn of Gary Lincoff’s passing. He was the greatest mycologist of my lifetime, a great friend, and a great person. Gary was an American treasure. He was larger than life. Mycophiles and fans... Read More →
avatar for Michael Wood

Michael Wood

Mykoweb
Michael Wood, a California native, is a computer consultant by profession,and a mycologist and photographer by obsession. He is a past president ofthe Mycological Society of San Francisco and chair of the MSSF systematicscommittee. He is the publisher and webmaster for MykoWebandThe... Read More →



Friday August 17, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Telluride Conference Center Mountain Village, CO. 81435
 
Saturday, August 18
 

9:00am

Women's Coffee Gathering with Olga Cotter
Saturday August 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Psilocybin Mushrooms: Medicinal Mushrooms for the Brain and the Evolution of Consciousness

Paul will explore the history and use of “magic” (i.e. psilocybin) mushrooms, from ancient times to current uses, as therapeutic medicines. His long history with psilocybin mushrooms, covered by a DEA license, led to discoveries of several news species, and the increasing popularity of “microdosing” could have broad ramifications for increasing intelligence or decreasing the trend toward dementia as we age. Psilocybin mushrooms could prove especially important for preserving and enhancing the intellectual capital of our society—at a time critical for creative, paradigm shifting breakthroughs that are needed for us to survive the 6th greatest extinction event in which we are immersed today. 


Speakers
avatar for Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets

 ……………Now is the time for the Paradigm Shift…………  “W​e are now fully engaged in the 6th Major Extinction (“6 X”) on planet Earth. Our biosphere is quickly changing, eroding the life support systems that have allowed humans to ascend. Unless we put into... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Telluride Conference Center Mountain Village, CO. 81435

9:00am

Wild Foods Foray
Katrina Blair will dazzle you with the amazing foods that you can find right outside your door. Learn about these foods and then go on a foray with her after her lecture. Prior to the lecture, there will be a centering movement lead by Tyler VanGemert.

Note: this is event is a paid event, fee is $25.

MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer to focus on eating wild foods.  She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College.  In 1997 she completed a... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Mountains in and around Telluride

9:00am

Edible Mushroom Foray
MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET

Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Katrina Blair, Bill & Will Adams, Larry Evans, John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin, Jason Salzman, Linnea & Lee Gilman, and others. Sign-ups for forays are at the Sheridan Opera House. Some foray locations are in town while others require a vehicle. Forays are rated for difficulty based on length and terrain.

Please recognize your physical capabilities and choose forays that match those---you'll have a lot more fun if you are able to fully participate.

These daily forays are included in the full festival pass or many be purchased separately for $25/each.

Saturday August 18, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

10:00am

Ecology as Technology: Investigations into Myco-Restoration Techniques for Forestry
Forest managers are constantly under pressure to remove wood from forests because of the danger it poses as a fuel source for fires. However, the current practices of controlled burning, basic wood chipping, or wholesale removal of the wood from the forest have their own problems. Our speaker, Jeff Ravage will talk about his investigation into the use myco-remediation in forest mitigation practices, which is currently entering its fourth year. The goal of this project is to revolutionize the way forest managers deal with woody debris, and provide an opportunity for forest soils to recover by retaining the nutrients naturally locked away in wood.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Ravage

Jeff Ravage

Jeff Ravage is the North Fork Watershed Coordinator for the Coalition for the Upper South Platte and an Adjunct Researcher for Denver Botanic Gardens. Mr. Ravage practices forestry and oversees large forest restoration projects west of Denver. As well as investigating myco-restoration... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:00am

Recycling and Composting with Mushrooms: Town Waste Scavenger Hunt
What better than to roam the streets of Telluride searching for Cardboard, Coffee and Paper for Mushroom Recycling and Cultivation - Town Scavenger Hunt and Collection with Businesses to make Elk Park display and take home cultures for all. Coordinated by Festival STAFF and Volunteers.

Saturday August 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am

Ten Insights Into the Unseen World
Ten Insights Into the Unseen World explores how microscopic organisms like bacteria and fungi are the hidden force behind so much in our lives, from the health of our guts to the composition of our atmosphere. Understanding their roles in nature and our day-to-day is key to human health and the health of the planet. The takeaway? Life itself is a vast conspiracy of microbes. 

Speakers
avatar for Eugenia Bone

Eugenia Bone

EUGENIA BONE is a nationally known nature and food writer. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Sunset, and The Denver Post.She is the author of six books, including Mycophilia... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Telluride Conference Center Mountain Village, CO. 81435

11:00am

Wild Foods Lecture with Katrina Blair
Katrina Blair's presentation and demo after her Wild Foods Foray

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer to focus on eating wild foods.  She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College.  In 1997 she completed a... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

11:00am

Red Hot in Chile: Triggering Global Change
The Plan: a fungal NGO gets mycologists to agree on pre-school to high school mycology contents; we design the pages for the governments; whatever language you want; we (YOU) make your country slot them into formal school curricula. One whole school cycle and we’re at a better place. This is just the beginning!


Speakers
avatar for Giuliana Furci

Giuliana Furci

Fundacion Fungi de Chile
Giuliana Furci has been devoted to mycology since 1999. Her inescapable vocation to study Chile's fungi has taken her to travel the country looking for fungi in different environments and ecosystems. In 2007 she published Fungi Austral - Field Guide to the Outstanding Fungi of Chile... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

11:00am

Edible Mushroom Forays
Mushroom forays are led daily by experts including Katrina Blair, Bill & Will Adams, Larry Evans, John Sir Jesse, Tony Corbin, Jason Salzman, Linnea & Lee Gilman, and others. Sign-ups for forays are at the Sheridan Opera House. Some foray locations are in town while others require a vehicle. Forays are rated for difficulty based on length and terrain.

Please recognize your physical capabilities and choose forays that match those---you'll have a lot more fun if you are able to fully participate.

These daily forays are included in the full festival pass or many be purchased separately for $25/each.

MEETING PLACE: BEHIND THE OAK STREET PARK AND THE SHERIDAN OPERA HOUSE ON NORTH FIR STREET


Saturday August 18, 2018 11:00am - 3:00pm
Mountains in and around Telluride

12:00pm

Myco-Digesters: A Model for Dealing with Common Toxic Wastes

This presentation will share a low-tech protocol and working model for working with decomposer fungi and other decomposers to address common toxic wastes, and will share back findings from recent experiments with applying this model to cigarette buts and machine lubricants. Case studies of the extensions and challenges of scaling up these models to municipal and commercial levels will be shared



Speakers
avatar for Danielle Stevenson

Danielle Stevenson

Danielle Stevenson is a consultant with 10 years of experience helping corporate, non-profit, and community clientele develop, implement, and evaluate solutions to environmental and social problems. This includes research and development, proposal and grant writing, implementation... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

12:30pm

Book Signing: Author Eugenia Bone
Speakers
avatar for Eugenia Bone

Eugenia Bone

EUGENIA BONE is a nationally known nature and food writer. Her work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Sunset, and The Denver Post.She is the author of six books, including Mycophilia... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

1:00pm

Panel Discussion: Mycology in the Molecular Biology Era ... For Beginners and Citizen Scientists
Does the latest technology in life sciences leave your head spinning? Or maybe you want to get involved with your local mycological society or college in documenting the flora and fauna (and funga) of your region? Come join this discussion! Year in, year out, the Mushroom Festival panel discussions are always very well attended and very popular. This year's lineup are keenly equiped to break down the science and make it understandable to general audiences.

Moderators
avatar for Giuliana Furci

Giuliana Furci

Fundacion Fungi de Chile
Giuliana Furci has been devoted to mycology since 1999. Her inescapable vocation to study Chile's fungi has taken her to travel the country looking for fungi in different environments and ecosystems. In 2007 she published Fungi Austral - Field Guide to the Outstanding Fungi of Chile... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Aime

Cathy Aime

Dr. M. Catherine Aime earned her doctorate in Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and StateUniversity in 2001 and completed her postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford in the UnitedKingdom. She worked for four years as a research molecular biologist with the USDA-ARS... Read More →
avatar for David Hibbett

David Hibbett

David Hibbett is a biology professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his PhD from Duke University and did postdoctoral research at the Tottori Mycological Institute in Japan, and at Harvard University. David has broad interests in evolutionary biology... Read More →
avatar for Rick Levy

Rick Levy

Rick studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he wenton to get a master’s degree in Museum and Field Studies with a focus on grasshopper ecology. Rickjoined the Denver Botanic Gardens Department of Research and Conservation in 2014 as... Read More →
avatar for John Plischke

John Plischke

John Plischke III is a founding member of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, which has become one of the largest mushroom clubs in North America. John has been awarded the club’s Distinguished Service Award. Within the WPMC, John serves as Walk and Foray Chairman, is a member... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is the Assistant Curator of Mycology in the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens. For Dr. Andrew the discovery of mycology began back in the late 90’s at San Francisco State University. There he took classes from Dr. Dennis Desjardin, a world renown... Read More →
avatar for Michael Wood

Michael Wood

Mykoweb
Michael Wood, a California native, is a computer consultant by profession,and a mycologist and photographer by obsession. He is a past president ofthe Mycological Society of San Francisco and chair of the MSSF systematicscommittee. He is the publisher and webmaster for MykoWebandThe... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

1:00pm

Mushroom Identification at the ID Tent
Bring your foraged mushrooms to the ID tent to have them classified. 


Saturday August 18, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

2:00pm

Costume & Sign-Making Workshop in Elks Park
Costume & Sign-making Workshop in Elks Park with Seven Stephens and Holly Ma.


Saturday August 18, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

4:00pm

PARADE + DRUMMING + DANCING
This isn't the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, this is Telluride Mushroom Festival Parade! Each year festival attendees follow the “Shroompa” himself, Art Goodtimes, on a parade down Colorado Avenue exclaiming “WE LOVE MUSHROOMS”! Festival attendees don’t take the parade lightly, and many spend months planning their elaborate costumes. As 2014 Executive Director Rebecca Fyffe notes, “people bring extra suitcases just for their costumes and people are competitive all throughout the year saying ‘you better pick up your game because I’m already working on my costume.’”


Saturday August 18, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

7:00pm

FUNGI Magazine Costume Winners ANNOUNCED!
Think you have what it takes to be a winner in the annual FUNGI Magazine costume contest? You're going to have to bring your A-game...

Join us for the post-parade, pre-keynote announcement of the winners from the parade costume contest! 

Speakers
avatar for Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard

Executive Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

7:30pm

Awards & Notes
Speakers
avatar for Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes

Poet-in-Residence, Festival Coordinator, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Telluride Mushroom FestivalPoet-in-Residence, Festival CoordinatorArt Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado...a founder and driving force of the Mushroom Festival. Goodtimes was first elected to the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners in 1996 as a Democrat... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 7:30pm - 7:45pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

8:00pm

Mycologists Without Borders: Modern Missionaries of a Shifting Paradigm
When the sharing of mycological information becomes accessible and widespread amongst civilizations there will be a shift in the paradigms of medicine, agriculture, and planetary healing. With every new generation of mycologists building on the backs of their elders we will see this vision materialize. We must not accept the patterns of destruction and be ready to battle the forces that prevent the harmony and unity of life that sustains our coexistence with Earth. Join the movement, become a leader and make real change happen. The world cannot wait and needs your help. Evolution does not take a million years, it will happen tonight…



Speakers
avatar for Tradd Cotter

Tradd Cotter

Mycologist, Mushroom Mountain
Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast and cultivating fungi both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and... Read More →


Saturday August 18, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00pm

The MycoLuscious MycoLicious MycoLogical Poetry Show with Art Goodtimes and Friends
The party can’t stop at the Telluride Mushroom Festival! Join Art Goodtimes and others for a Talking Gourds Poetry and Performance Closing party. The MycoBeer will also be available.

Speakers
avatar for Art Goodtimes

Art Goodtimes

Poet-in-Residence, Festival Coordinator, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Telluride Mushroom FestivalPoet-in-Residence, Festival CoordinatorArt Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado...a founder and driving force of the Mushroom Festival. Goodtimes was first elected to the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners in 1996 as a Democrat... Read More →



Saturday August 18, 2018 9:00pm - Sunday August 19, 2018 11:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Sunday, August 19
 

9:00am

Bee Happy Lands: Using Mushroom and Weeds for Organic Land Management
This presentation will focus on methods of organic land management
with methods including using soil preps made from culturing fungi,
microorganisms, and homeodynamic weed remedies to support the
stabilization and fertility of the soil

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer to focus on eating wild foods.  She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College.  In 1997 she completed a... Read More →


Sunday August 19, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

9:00am

Edible and Noteworthy Mushrooms--And Their Lookalikes
Ok you've had several days of mushrooming with the Festival experts. You went to Graham Steinruck's Intro to Colorado Mushrooms on Day 1 of the Festival. You went on all the forays. You spent a lot of time at the ID tent learning from experts. You even ate some of the strange wild mushrooms...and survived! Is your head spinning? It may be the altitude. Or it may be that you're suffering from Mycophilia! This presentation will be part slide show of major mushroom groups, mostly pretty pictures with information on how to know what's what. Plus this will be part demo with live specimens for you to handle, smell, and review with experts. 

Note that this demo will be up close and personal with the mushrooms in the very cosy and casual setting of the brand new Sheridan Bar. Plan to bring a coffee or grab a cocktail or beer from the bar! Earn brownie points: buy a beer or cocktail for your lecturer!

Speakers
avatar for Britt Bunyard

Britt Bunyard

Executive Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books... Read More →
avatar for John Plischke

John Plischke

John Plischke III is a founding member of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, which has become one of the largest mushroom clubs in North America. John has been awarded the club’s Distinguished Service Award. Within the WPMC, John serves as Walk and Foray Chairman, is a member... Read More →



Sunday August 19, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

10:00am

Advances in Mycoremediation: Understanding Degradation Reactions of Ligninolytic Enzymes

This presentation will cover the theory of fungal decomposition and enzymatic degradation of lignin and the ways that we can apply this information to develop protocols for the standardization of mycoremediation strategies. Come hear about the latest advances in mycoremediation research, the successes and challenges of pilot projects, and how to integrate what we have learned so far into future applications.


Speakers
avatar for Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes is a mycologist and the founder of Myco Alliance in Austin Texas, a science and education company focusing on reinvigorating the filed of Mycology in Central Texas. He has taught mycological principles to hundreds of students, citizen scientists, and professionals in... Read More →


Sunday August 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am

Edible and Noteworthy Mushrooms--Part II. Taxonomy and Evolution, Made Simple
Ok you've done all the general mycology events and you have learned a ton on how to ID many of our wild mushrooms. You even attended Part I of Edible and Noteworthy Mushrooms. Now to put it all together and see why the species are named the way they are, grouped with others that may or may not look similar, and see how taxonomy has determined much about the evolution of the mushrooms from the region.

This demo will be up close and personal. David Hibbett is the ring-leader of many of the big projects to determine the entire Tree of Life for all fungi globally. Our experts will construct a phylogenetic tree using many of the living specimens collected during the Festival and will point out features of each that allow us to know who is related to whom.

This presentation will be at the ID Tent.

Speakers
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Cathy Aime

Dr. M. Catherine Aime earned her doctorate in Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and StateUniversity in 2001 and completed her postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford in the UnitedKingdom. She worked for four years as a research molecular biologist with the USDA-ARS... Read More →
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David Hibbett

David Hibbett is a biology professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his PhD from Duke University and did postdoctoral research at the Tottori Mycological Institute in Japan, and at Harvard University. David has broad interests in evolutionary biology... Read More →
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Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is the Assistant Curator of Mycology in the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens. For Dr. Andrew the discovery of mycology began back in the late 90’s at San Francisco State University. There he took classes from Dr. Dennis Desjardin, a world renown... Read More →


Sunday August 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435

10:30am

Book Signing: Author Katrina Blair
Speakers
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Katrina Blair

Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer to focus on eating wild foods.  She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College.  In 1997 she completed a... Read More →


Sunday August 19, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

10:30am

Book Signing: Author Tradd Cotter
Last chance to meet Tradd!

Speakers
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Tradd Cotter

Mycologist, Mushroom Mountain
Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist and organic gardener who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast and cultivating fungi both commercially and experimentally for more than 22 years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and... Read More →


Sunday August 19, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
SHOW Bar Sheridan Opera House

11:00am

Directions for Applying Mycology to Environmental and Social Issues

The ability of different types of fungi to degrade various organic pollutants is well documented, yet ‘bioremediation’ strategies have not come into widespread industrial use or community practice. There is still much to learn about the potential roles fungi can play in remediating contaminated sites and the interplay of different types of organisms to  increase the degradation and stabilization of organic and inorganic contaminants, especially in field and real-world conditions containing multiple, complex contaminants. This presentation will explore the opportunities and challenges of applying mycology to complex environmental issues.


Speakers
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Danielle Stevenson

Danielle Stevenson is a consultant with 10 years of experience helping corporate, non-profit, and community clientele develop, implement, and evaluate solutions to environmental and social problems. This includes research and development, proposal and grant writing, implementation... Read More →


Sunday August 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

12:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
The closing ceremony is a time to reflect on the festival and say goodbye to one another.

There will be a few activities after the closing cermony, but we wanted to give some of our day travelers the ability to get on the road early. 

Speakers
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Britt Bunyard

Executive Director, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Britt Bunyard, PhD, is the founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the mycology journal FUNGI. Britt has worked academically (and played very amateurishly) as a mycologist his entire career, writing scientifically for many research journals, popular science magazines, and books... Read More →
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Olivia Coe

Telluride Mushroom Festival Manager, Program Coordinator, Telluride Institute
Olivia Coe began working for TMF in December 2014. She is enjoying learning about the amazing world of mushrooms and the incredible people involved! When she's not making plans for the Festival, she teaches rock climbing at the Charlie Fowler Memorial Gym in Norwood, works as the... Read More →
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Art Goodtimes

Poet-in-Residence, Festival Coordinator, Telluride Mushroom Festival
Telluride Mushroom FestivalPoet-in-Residence, Festival CoordinatorArt Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado...a founder and driving force of the Mushroom Festival. Goodtimes was first elected to the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners in 1996 as a Democrat... Read More →


Sunday August 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sheridan Opera House 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Friday, August 16
 

2:00pm

Tie Dye Workshop with Olga K. Cotter
Join Olga at the Elks Park for a mushroom Tie-Dye workshop, where you will learn how to make your own mushroom Tie-Dye shirt. Your shirt will be ready for you on Saturday morning...in time for the Parade!

T-shirts and dye are included in the price of this workshop. Attendees will have to choose the size of their shirt 3 weeks prior to the event. This event is kid friendly.  

Speakers
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Olga K. Cotter

Owner, Mushroom Mountain
Olga had a love for mushrooms ever since she was a little kid, being taughtby her grandfather Jozo back in the Balkans, which were good to eat, andwhich were poisonous. Olga and Billie picked mushrooms almost daily inthe spring and fall, took them back to grandma Baba, who helped... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435
 
Saturday, August 17
 

9:00am

Women's Coffee Gathering with Olga Cotter
Speakers
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Olga K. Cotter

Owner, Mushroom Mountain
Olga had a love for mushrooms ever since she was a little kid, being taughtby her grandfather Jozo back in the Balkans, which were good to eat, andwhich were poisonous. Olga and Billie picked mushrooms almost daily inthe spring and fall, took them back to grandma Baba, who helped... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Elks Park 123 South Oak Street, Telluride, CO 81435